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Faculty and Staff Resources

If this is an emergency and you need immediate help call the UNC Police 970-351-2245.

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If you are concerned about a student’s distressed or disruptive behavior and are not sure how to approach them, please contact Student Outreach and Support at 970-351-2001. We are interested in assisting you to provide healthy and productive learning environments that are safe for everyone.

Possible Signs of Distress

  • Change in academic performance or behavior
  • Excessive absence or tardiness
  • Exaggerated emotional responses
  • Feelings of depression
  • Excessive confusion
  • Verbal or written references to suicide

Examples of Disruptive Behavior

  • Distractions in class
  • Yelling or screaming
  • Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
  • Intimidating or harassing words or actions
  • Threats

Understanding Grief and Loss

Many people may experience grief and loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all experience grief in different ways, some common reactions to grief include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Despair
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Increase in risky behaviors (alcohol use, drug use, etc)
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of interest in work or other activities
Hospice Red River Valley (2017) . Common Grief Reactions. Retrieved February 24, 2021
from https://www.hrrv.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Common-Grief-Reactions_6003_0917.pdf

Ongoing Impacts of COVID-19

We have all experienced adjustments in day-to-day life. With the many adjustments that have been made, we continue to experience the effects of the pandemic on an ongoing basis. Individuals may be impacted by the following:

  • Long term effects from catching COVID-19 such as, but not limited to: fatigue; shortness of breath; depression; headaches; fevers; heart palpitations; abnormalities with their heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs; and neurological symptoms such as brain fog, loss of taste and/or smell, memory issues and trouble sleeping.
  • The need to work extra hours to compensate for income lost during lockdowns or unemployment.
  • High anxiety due to worrying about themselves and loved ones.
  • Increased feelings of isolation and loneliness which can lead to issues with both mental and physical health.

Student Referral Options

If you know a student who is experiencing stressors that are having a direct impact on their academic performance and attendance, the following referrals or options can be considered:

  • Referral to their professors to discuss adjustments or extensions on course assignments and deadlines as well as options for Incompletes.
  • Referral to academic advisor to discuss withdrawal options.
  • Referral to Student Outreach and Support for additional resources or guidance.